A suburban Philadelphia judge ruled Monday, rejecting a defense request to move the trial itself because of worldwide media reports that the actor's lawyers say brand him a "serial rapist."
Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill will oversee a June 5 trial over charges that Cosby (pictured) drugged and molested a former Temple University employee in 2004.
O'Neill's ruling came after lawyers for the 79-year-old TV star argued that his trial should be moved to Philadelphia or the Pittsburgh area.
The larger, more diverse population would make it easier to find unbiased jurors, lawyer Brian McMonagle argued, but even then, he said, there was no guarantee that Cosby could get a fair hearing.
A fair hearing? Prosecutors would argue that Cosby didn’t afford his victims fair treatment.